shades of cream

I’ve always seemed to steer away from wearing white, and while I absolutely can not see myself rocking a pair of white skinny jeans any time soon, I love off white and cream shades.

While wearing these almost white colours still is a little scary, and I’m always a lot more cautious than usual so as not to spill things all over myself and stain my clothes, sometimes I risk it if I’m really feeling the outfit, and in these photos I definitely was.

I don’t always like the way that cream pairs with other colours, I like the way it looks with denim, but more than anything I love how it looks when it’s blocked with other shades of cream.

My top is my favourite part of the outfit. I bought it online last year (I think) from Urban Outfitters, and it’s the easiest top to wear. I bought it in a size up so that it would be a little oversized, and I’m glad I did because I love how it fits. I can throw it on with almost anything and it looks good.

The pants I got at TK Maxx and while they’re pretty cute, they’re not very good quality at all. I don’t wear them a whole lot because they are very see through, so you’ve gotta wear the right undies otherwise they’ll definitely be seen. Like I said, I really haven’t worn them all that much and while I was taking these photos today the little popper button broke, which is super disappointing.

I made my friend lend me her cap because the colour matched my outfit so well I just couldn’t not have it in my photos. I love caps like this one in general though and I feel like they’re one of the only hats that kind of suits my head.

My new favourite sunnies, and slides just finishing everything off.

top: Urban Outfitters / pants: J.O.A Los Angeles / hat: Vintage / shoes: Rubi Shoes / sunglasses: Cotton On / belt: Vintage

dressing down

One of my favourite things to do with clothing, especially in summer, is dress it down. I love taking pieces that are really meant to be worn for evenings, or semi-nice occasions, and bringing them down to a super casual level. The easiest way to do this, in my opinion, is just pairing dresses with trainers instead of something nicer.

This dress I bought to wear out on my 19th birthday, which I did and I loved it, but I haven’t worn it at all since. I think that mostly comes down to feeling like it was a dress that I would only wear if I was going out. To me, it just didn’t feel so much like a casual dress.

I feel like maybe a lot of that could come down to the fact that it’s velvet, and while I’m absolutely in love with velvet everything, sometimes it doesn’t feel just any random day is an occasion to wear a full velvet dress. My shoes as well are one of those things that I really love and don’t regret buying, but I just find that I don’t wear that much.

The shoes really do have a lot going on, and that’s one of the reasons I bought them in the first place. Firstly, I think stan smiths are such a good shoe anyway, so when I saw they had this limited edition that had both spots all over and velcro I couldn’t help myself. I just wish I wore them more, and especially with outfits other than jeans and a t-shirt.

Dress: Reverse / Shoes: Adidas / Sunnies: Le Specs

I like this outfit even more than the last one. The dress is pretty new, I only got it a couple of weeks ago, but still, it’s something I’ve only worn once so far. I’m honestly in love with this dress though. I think that the style and fit of it is just perfect, and I want it in a million different colours and patterns.

Last summer I was super obsessed with slip dresses, and styles like it, but this year I’m definitely getting into styles that are much more fitted and I think they’re really flattering. The colours on this dress suit me well (in my humble opinion), and I think plaid and checkering is something that’s always going to look cool.

I paired it with my regular stan smiths in the white and green colourway. I bought these probably about 2 years ago when everyone had either a pair of these or superstars, and I am so glad that the past me decided to get these over a pair of superstars. They’re super comfy, and you can wear them with pretty much anything.

I think the major thing that turned me off wearing them for a while was that they just wouldn’t wear out. I really like my shoes, especially trainers, to look a bit worn out, and the fact that this pair stayed so stark white for so long definitely wasn’t something I was in to. But I’ve kind of got over it, and they have worn out a bit since I first got them, but I guess the fact it’s been something hard to achieve is a testament to how well they wear.

Dress: Beyond Her / Shoes: Adidas / Sunnies: Vintage

And last but definitely not least, is my new favourite outfit. I can not wait to wear this all through summer. The dress I only bought yesterday, which is when I shot these photos, and I’m already obsessed. It’s from Bardot, which is somewhere I honestly never shop, so I was surprised when I saw it and decided I had to have it.

In my eyes, I think it’s very reminiscent of certain Realisation Par dresses, which is probably part of the reason I was so attracted to it in the first place. I love all the detail. The frilly straps are so cute, and the little dots (I feel like the name of them has something to do with dobby, but I don’t know for sure so I won’t commit to that) add a bit of texture. Plus it’s a gorgeous bright red.

And of course, I couldn’t not include an outfit in this post that had my checkered vans in it. I love these shoes so very much. They could be worn with almost any dress, and just take it down a level and make it such a cool outfit. I feel like I’ve gone on quite a bit already in previous posts about these shoes but it’s so hard to stop myself from talking about them.

I think they’re one of those classic pairs of shoes, that even if they aren’t in style anymore, I’ll still love and wear to death. But I also think they’re one of those items that if they happen to go out of style, eventually they’ll come back in again.

Dress: Bardot / Shoes: Vans / Sunnies: Rubi Shoes

P.S. I’m going to New Zealand tomorrow and I doubt I’ll post anything until I get back, so bear with me because I’m sure I’ll have lots of lovely pics to share on here.

what i wore this week: 6th-12th nov

Saturday 11th nov:

This week nothing I’ve done outside of work has required me to wear anything nice at all, so today is my first proper outfit of the week. On Tuesday I did some modelling at the Hyatt Hotel for Melbourne Cup which was super fun, but all I wore there were my work pants with one of my big band t-shirts so I really didn’t think it was something I’d add into here.

Anyway today I didn’t even leave my house, and usually on days like this I wouldn’t leave my comfy clothes, doing this as a weekly post has actually got me really excited about clothes and what I wear, so I did put something on that was a little bit more presentable.

I also dyed my hair today. I saw that I dyed it but really my mum had to do it for me because I have way too much hair to do it by myself. It’s super light now, which I love, and it’s also so fluffy in these photos because I’d blow dried it.

But my outfit; again I’m wearing the one pair of shorts I own that I actually want to wear, with my new belt that I’ve been wearing anytime it’s possible. I’m pretty obsessed with this belt honestly. It’s real leather but it has the croc embossing detail which I absolutely love, and it’s almost small enough for me around my waist (it’s a little too big but I can get away with it without having to do the wrap around moment I usually have to do).

My shirt is thrifted and it’s super cute in my opinion. I love that it’s long sleeved and also cropped, and it sits at a perfect height to just skim the top of my high waisted pieces. I also love the little collar with the v-neck.

The jacket is also thrifted, but this is one of those jackets that have been everywhere so you could definitely find one almost exactly the same at General Pants or on ASOS. I’ve loved this style of jacket for a couple of years now and I have a couple of them, all being super lucky salvo finds.

Lastly my slides, which are from Kmart. I feel like almost all of my outfits that I’ve posted on here have had something from either an op-shop or Kmart. I just think these are adorable though. I went with the gold ones and I’ve really surprised myself with how much I like them, plus they’re so comfy and just easy to wear.

Top: Thrifted – Jacket: Thrifted – Shorts: Things We Lost (from Landspeed Records) – Shoes: Kmart – Belt: Warehouse

Sunday 12th nov:

Today was such a nice day. The weather was so sunny up until the late afternoon when it got all gloomy, but I still love that too sometimes. I really didn’t get up to much today but at least I left the house, unlike yesterday.

Once again my washed black denim shorts make an appearance. These are just my favourite style of shorts, and I’m on a hunt to find more pairs almost exactly the same in different denim. Every time I’ve worn these in photos I’ve said they’re by the brand Things We Lost, but I’m actually not 100% sure if they are. I bought them from Landspeed Records in the city, and they weren’t one of their vintage pieces, so I assume they’re from Things We Lost which is the brand of all of their clothing. The thing is though that they have no tag or anything in them, but I guess I’ll continue to say they’re by Things We Lost until I know differently.

Same shorts but a different belt today. I’ve got on one of my dads’ old belts today, and because it’s too big for me to put around my waist, I’ve done the little twist around I always do in this situation. It’s super easy to do, holds your belt on just as well as if you could properly do it up, and I think it just adds a little bit more interest to an outfit. I love how worn in the leather on this belt is too.

 

My jacket is one I often forget I own because it’s definitely harder to style than a lot of other jackets I own. I think it really serves some serious lab coat looks but I still love it none the less. I think one of the big things that got me about this jacket was the big tortoiseshell buttons down the front. I’m always a sucker for tortoiseshell. I think it’s just a cool piece for me to have, it’s really different to anything else I have and I love it for exactly that reason.

And I have to take a minute just to talk about my Birkenstocks. If you are in the market for a good summer shoe, then you need a pair. I’ve had mine for about 2 and a half years and they’ve lasted so well. They’re the absolute comfiest shoe, and personally, I love how they look. I’m so glad when I got mine I went for the dark brown leather with brass buckles, and not just the typical white or black ones which were super on trend at the time. I’ve never seen anyone else with the same pair as me.

My hat is from Fallen Broken Street and I love it. I bought it at splendour earlier this year, and I’m so glad I did. I haven’t worn it really at all since then, but I’m hoping that now we’re getting into summer I’ll be bringing it out a lot more. I’ll defnitely be trying to make a concious effort to anyway.

 

 

Top: Vintage – Shorts: Things We Lost – Jacket: Monki – Shoes: Birkenstock – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff – Belt: Vintage – Hat: Fallen Broken Street

 

The weather in Canberra has been really all over the place this past week, some days have been nice, but others have had me bringing out my knits and jackets. This weather has had me working out ways to style my winter pieces and incorporate them into outfits which aren’t so wintery.

One of my favourite things that I bought over winter was a blazer by Jaeger, which I was lucky enough to find in an op shop for $15 which is just insane. It’s in perfect condition from what I can see, it’s gorgeous quality, warm and it just looks amazing. I wanted to use this one piece and style it up a few different ways for this transitional period, and also show how versatile something like a checkered blazer or coat could be in your wardrobe.

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The first look I did would be something I’d wear if I was going out to somewhere nice on a slightly chilly night. I layered a plain, tight, black turtleneck top underneath my dress, which had a lowish v neck and just singlet straps. I love layering long sleeves and turtlenecks under summer pieces to make them more appropriate for colder nights.

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I love the way that a longline blazer looks with short dresses too. I think it’s sexy but in an understated way. Covering my top half up like I have also really makes my legs stand out.

I went for some simple black sock boots to finish the outfit off. I love how flattering this style is where it just hugs the ankle, and I think I prefer a pointed toe on most styles of boots, but definitely on sock boots.

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Top:  Kmart – Dress: Neon Rose – Boots: Rubi Shoes – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

The next look I did I would also say is definitely more of an evening/going to an event kind of look. It’s much lighter and not as wintery as the previous one though.

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Honestly, just things as simple as swapping out a black dress for a lighter colour can completely change the feel and overall look of an outfit. It makes it just seem so much more like a spring outfit, but you’ve still got the little warmth from the blazer when you need it.

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If you want to elongate your legs, then you need a pair of heels in the same sort of two strap style as the ones I’m wearing. They don’t cut off your legs at all, they’re just the most flattering heel in my opinion. In my eyes, these are the most classic style in heels you can buy.

My heels are a blue-grey velvet, which I think matches so well with the red tones in the blazer. The heel height on this pair is really good, the block heel on them is high enough for the shoe to look nice, but not so high that they’re difficult to walk in.

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Dress: Things We Lost – Shoes: Sportsgirl

The other two looks are much more casual looks, the kind of outfits I’d just wear throughout the day. This first one would definitely be for a bit of a colder day.

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I really like how these black pants with the pinstripe style stripes down them look next to the checks, it’s a really subtle clash. Pretty much whenever I wear pants with this kind of straight leg fit, I like to pair them with a smaller top to balance out my figure a bit more. The singlet I’m wearing here is one of my favourites because of its slightly cowled neckline, and the fact that it comes up a bit cropped.

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I think this outfit definitely radiates some pretty masculine vibes, with the straight cut pants and boxy blazer, but I kind of love it. I think that the little singlet that I’ve got on with it makes it a touch more feminine, but overall it’s a pretty androgynous look.

I think that loafers in that kind of gucci esque style are a pretty feminine shoe, so that’s another little hint of girlyness in there, but I also just love this style of shoe because I really feel like it goes with everything and looks so effortless but very classic.

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Top: Things We Lost – Pants: Vintage – Shoes: Decjuba – Bag: Rebecca Minkoff

And finally, a little spring outfit for nice and easy days with cold afternoons. I really love the way that a longline blazer looks with a skirt or shorts underneath, especially when the length of both hit a pretty similar point on the leg.

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There’s some more pattern clashing in this outfit too, except I wouldn’t say it’s as subtle as in the last one. I think the reason that this animal print next to the checkered blazer can actually work without looking insane, is because the colour of the top is so neutral and matches the same neutral tones in the blazer. So that’s my big tip for if you want to do a bit of a pattern clash but you still want your outfit to be simple and wearable, use patterns with pretty neutral tones throughout them.

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Finding shorts that are the right fit for me can prove to be very difficult, especially because my legs are so long that something that doesn’t seem that short on someone with more average length legs, will look so tiny on me. These are one of the only few pairs of shorts I have and I would say they’re for sure my favourites. The length is perfect, and I love the slightly big, but not super unflattering, fit.

I honestly sometimes forget that I own these slides because they kind of got pushed aside for my Birkenstocks over last summer, but I’m going to make a conscious effort to wear them more this year because I love how they look.

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My little bag is one of those mini backpacks where you can change the straps to make it a cross body bag, and I think the style of these kinds of bags is so adorable. I would say they’re definitely a more spring/summer bag as opposed to a winter piece, so I’m keen to bring this one out more over the next couple of months.

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Top: Kmart – Shorts: Things We Lost – Shoes: Shu Bar – Bag: Kenneth Cole –                      Belt: Warehouse